PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel)


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  • The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel
  • James Wood
  • English
  • 28 February 2019
  • 9780312424602

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The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Free read ↠ 109 review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Chon Rushdie DeLillo Naipaul David Foster Wallace and Zadie SmithThis collection includes Wood's famous and controversial attack on hysterical realism and his sensitive but unsparing examinations of White Teeth and Brick Lane The Irresponsible Self is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about modern ficti. I d agree with Richard James Wood is smart And he avoids most of them hyper academic compound words which makes this book actually enjoyable to read

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The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel

The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Free read ↠ 109 review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel James Wood has been called our best young critic This is not true He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity Cynthia OzickFollowing the collection The Broken Estate which established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation The Irresponsible Self confirms Wood's preeminence not only as a. Twenty two essays from the Durham born finger drumming superstar no Wood I won t let that lie and part time Harvard professor and New Yorker hack Wood is uniue as a critic as he snipes at the level of the sentence where other reviewers may linger on theme imagery context He rolls up his sleeves for delicious close readings of all his books and will not let those tonal lurches authorial intrusions and pesky non seuiturs lie Often he misuses his examples sometimes he s diagnosing a wider malaise with techniue within an author s corpus sometimes it seems like clever dick point scoring The essay of interest to the layman in this collection is his piece Hysterical realism where he invents a subgenre of literature within a review of Zadie Smith s White Teeth Pretty gutsy stuff Lumping Delillo Pynchon Rushdie Smith and Foster Wallace together wasn t the wisest move but gutsy still applies and that essay is as important and convincing as any post postmodern theorising As for the rest they re all localised to one author per piece we have riotous excoriations of Rushdie Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen on one side and eighteen or so giddy exhortations of his lesser known favourites on the other among them Italo Svevo JF Powers and Monica Ali Reading these pieces can be frustrating if you are unfamiliar with the work either he piues your interest immensely as in the case of Shchedrin and Bellow or locks you out the love in by being so damn particular Also Wood s idea of comedy seems gentle and subtle than satirical or ironical making the humour explored in the texts often dryer than a Kenyan wheat paddy Such is humour Overall an overlong but beguiling bounty

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The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Free read ↠ 109 review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Discerning judge but also as an appreciator of contemporary novelsIn twenty three passionate sparkling dispatches he effortlessly connects his encyclopedic passionate understanding of the literary canon with an eually earnest and appreciative view of the most discussed authors writing today including Franzen Pyn. Not uite sure why I found this book so much less interesting than his previous book that I couldn t get all the way through it Firstly The thesis of The Broken Estate the inability of author s like Herman Melville to believe in God and the tragic sense of loss that results surprised me because it seemed so radically unfashionable The Irresponsible Self lacks such a big unifying arguable claim What s funny as I type this is how Wood s thesis sounds like Harold Bloom s Gnosticism man separated from his God Secondly while dazzlingly intelligent the prose doesn t feel smooth and flowing I don t feel like I m dragged by a current The intentional shifts in sentence length keep bringing me up short and taking me out of my reading rhythm Thirdly the tone shifts within paragraphs He is in the text reading then outside the text offering judgement These judgements aren t pithy and funny as in a Pauline Kael review They re pedantic And if we disagree we tend to dismiss them because Wood s proofs seem in the end to rest on subjective taste just as mine do For example he attacks modern novelists with the example of Dickens on page 185 writing Yet in Dickens there is always an immediate access to strong feelings which lets us enter them Mr Micawber may be a caricature but he feels and he makes us feel One recalls that very passionate and simple sentence in which David Copperfield tells us Mr Micawber was waiting for me within the gate and we went up to his room and cried very much Wood s may be right in arguing that Dickens is far superior to DeLillo Rushdie Pynchon and Zadie Smith but there is nothing in Wood s paragraph that convinces me that is the case Fourthly he repeats himself and it gets boring For example the Tom Wolfe chapter on A Man in Full opens like a whirlwind completes its argument vividly and concisely then continues on reiterating the same point for 9 pages Norman Mailer s review of the same book in The Time of Our Time just as long if not longer tells of a story and ends up going deeper I doubt Wood likes Mailer but Mailer takes the bout in Wood s own ring Maybe there s a lesson from literature Wood needs to learn Perhaps literary criticism should tell a story


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    James Wood ´ 9 Free read PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) Twenty two essays from the Durham born finger drumming superstar no Wood I won’t let that lie and part time Harvard professor and New Yorker hack Wood is uniue as a critic as he snipes at the level of the sentence where other rev

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    review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) A genre is hardening It is becoming possible to describe today’s big ambitious novel Familial resemblances are asserting themselves and a parent can be named DickensJames Wood Hysterical RealismA spectre is hau

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) James Wood ´ 9 Free read James Wood is now relevant than Harold Bloom and arguably any other literary critic working in the English language And unlike Bloom Wood deals effectively and coherently with fiction writers The Irresponsible Self

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    review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) Summary Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ James Wood Not uite sure why I found this book so much less interesting than his previous book that I couldn't get all the

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    review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel James Wood ´ 9 Free read PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) Very satisfying and – as ever with James Wood – sparklingly intelligent it probably calls for a second read really If you want to become a better reader James Wood is your guide The essay on Hysterical Realism

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel Wood is a confident critic and I enjoyed these essays generally and his willingness to champion the underdog and dismiss the overhyped goodbye Tom Wolfe I think I wished for something overarching on comedy maybe he said it in the earlier essays and I just had forgotten by the time I got to the end His intro does talk about the religious th

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) My to read list is getting a little full of things I add when James Wood praises them then become unlikely choices once the sheen of his praise is removed At least he's not as bad as Vivian Gornick Salammbo? Diana of the Crossways?Anyhow he's great I like his love but I love his hate

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) I'm pretty smart This guy is smarter

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel) I'd agree with Richard James Wood is smart And he avoids most of them hyper academic compound words which makes this book actually enjoyable to read

  10. says: review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel James Wood ´ 9 Free read Summary Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ James Wood

    review The Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel James Wood ´ 9 Free read Summary Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ James Wood I might be wrong about this but since James Wood started writing for The New Yorker I find his reviews easier to read Definitely easier than the essays that appear in this book

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